After losing position to main title contender Max Verstappen, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc must “attack and recover points,” according to Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. Leclerc twice had to retire due to a mechanical issue, dropped from P1 to P4 in Monaco due to a terrible strategy decision, and needed a power unit upgrade in Canada, making the last four races difficult for Ferrari.
With four races in July and a replenished supply of power units, Binotto is optimistic that Monacan driver Leclerc can regain lost position before the summer break. As a result, the Monegasque has fallen 49 points beneath reigning F1 World Champion Max Verstappen.
“It’s certainly a very frustrating situation for a driver” : Mattia Binotto on Charles Leclerc
“It [PU change] was something we decided very soon after Baku. It was something he’d been aware of for many days so he had time to digest and be prepared for the race weekend. He was focusing his weekend knowing he would have to start from the back of the grid for the race. So even his Friday and Saturday programmes were focused on the high-fuel runs so he was prepared for the race itself,” said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto in reference to the setbacks Leclerc has had to face in the last few races.
“It’s certainly a very frustrating situation for a driver. His race would have required a lot of patience, which was the case. Sometimes you would like to overtake but you cannot, maybe because there is a DRS train or the tyres are worn. But he limited the damage. Finishing fifth after starting from the back is still a good race result. Now he has fresh power units for the next races. We’ve four races to the summer break and they will be important for him to attack and recover some points if he can,” added the Italian team principal of the Maranello-based racing team.
Prior to the Canadian Grand Prix, the FIA unveiled a new regulatory regulation intended to end porpoising. Despite the fact that AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and 7-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton both sustained bodily injuries as a result of the extreme porpoising in Azerbaijan, this was only met with a cool response in the pit lane. “I don’t completely agree [with the intervention], on my side. I felt like it’s the team’s responsibility to give me a car that is okay to drive. Until now, I didn’t have any particular problems with it. Yes, it is stiffer than last year’s car,” said Leclerc.